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8:25 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Deer Hunting Season Begins for Whitetail Population

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two-week firearm deer season is opening with more Sunday hunting opportunities and other rule changes aimed reducing the whitetail population.

Maryland's most popular deer season begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 13. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters using modern firearms accounted for 46 percent of all deer taken in 2013-14.

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8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

MD State Panel Considers Fracking

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state panel charged with recommending safe practices for shale gas recovery in western Maryland is nearing the end of its work.

Tuesday's meeting in Cumberland includes a discussion about the final report, expected by year-end.

It's the panel's first meeting since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor. Hogan has said he favors hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that forces water and chemicals deep underground to crack the shale and release natural gas.

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8:39 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Mange Hits Black Bears Just Before Hunting Season

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Maryland wildlife managers are reporting an increase in mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, among Maryland black bears.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources has found the disease in six bears killed by vehicles or euthanized by the agency this year. Wildlife specialist Clarissa Harris says that compares with just one or two cases in each of the past five years.

The disease causes hair loss and weakens the animal's immune system. Its spread is often associated with dense animal populations.

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8:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

450 Permits for Bear Hunting Season

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Natural resources officials say they will issue 450 bear hunting permits for this year's season.

Harry Spiker of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service tells The Times-News of Cumberland that 380 permits were issued for last year's hunt. More than 3,500 hunters applied for those permits.

This year's hunt is set for Oct. 20-23. It takes place only in Garrett and Allegany counties.

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12:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Secession in the Wind for Western Maryalnd Counties

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A group seeking separate statehood for western Maryland is holding its first official town hall meeting in Cumberland.

Volunteer Rich Biancone says the gathering Friday night at Allegany College of Maryland is for supporters, detractors and people who are just plain curious.

He tells the Cumberland Times-News that the initiative is led by Carroll County resident Scott Strzelczyk.

The group aims to form a new state composed of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

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8:25 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Maryland Bear Hunting Season Closed

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland has closed its 2013 black bear hunting season with hunters reporting 94 bears killed in the western part of the state.

The season opened last Monday in Allegany and Garrett counties for six days and closed on Saturday. Most of the bears were killed in Garrett County, with a tally of 70. In Allegany County, 24 were killed.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports the average life weight of the bears this year was 142 pounds. The agency says Mark Martin of Oakland took the largest bear of the season. It was a 392-pound male.

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8:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Bear Hunting Season Opens Today in Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's black bear season is opening with rule changes that could push the tally over 100 for the first time since a 51-year ban on bear hunting was lifted in 2004.

The season opens Monday in Allegany and Garrett counties. It continues through Saturday but will be stopped if the number of bears killed reaches the state quota of 95 to 130.

Last year's quota was 80 to 100 bears. The Department of Natural Resources ended the hunt at 92.

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8:51 am
Thu July 18, 2013

No Elk For Western Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statewide sportsmen's group says it's dropping an effort to reintroduce elk to western Maryland.

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation said Wednesday there isn't enough local support for the idea.

Vice Chairman Bill Miles says the group found strong support statewide for the concept it announced nearly two years ago. But he says stakeholders in Allegany and Garrett counties were largely opposed due to fears of increased vehicle collisions, crop damage and animal disease.

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9:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bear Hunting Season Opens in Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's black bear hunting season is opening with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population.


The season opens Monday, with hunting restricted to the two westernmost counties, Allegany and Garrett.


The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources' quota of 80 to 110 bears.  Last year, the agency let hunters to kill 65 bears.

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